Kabarole to Commemorate Breastfeeding Week Targeting Employers

28th July 2023

Kabarole District joins the rest of the world to commemorate the International breastfeeding week that kicks off on 1st to 7th September but for Kabarole they will use the entire month of August creating awareness among the public to understand the value of breastfeeding.

The theme for this year: “Enabling breastfeeding: making a difference for working parents.”

Catherine Kemigabo the District Health Educator Kabarole says, This year’s theme is important because: Workplace challenges remain the most common reason for women to never breastfeed or to stop breastfeeding earlier than recommended. Parents need adequate time and support to breastfeed.

Dr.Kabugho Flavia a nutritionist working with Baylor Uganda observed that some employers do don’t provide friendly work places for breastfeeding mothers. She says some employers deny their female employees maternal leave and this affects the growth and development of the baby.

This was during the District Nutrition Committee quarterly meeting held at the district headquarters Kitumba .

Brian Kisembo the chairperson District Nutrition Committee revealed that Kabarole is still grappling with the high rate of stunted growth among children below five years.

According to Kisembo, the stunted growth stands at 43percent and yet Kabarole is the food basket.

He is advising mothers to breastfeed their children exclusively for six months and then ensure the babies are given food rich in nutrients to avoid malnourished children.

Kisembo disclosed that the district instead utilize the whole month of August visiting health facilities and work places discussing with employers about the avenues of providing leave and safe breastfeeding places  to mothers.

Breast milk helps keep your baby healthy.

It supplies all the necessary nutrients in the proper proportions. It protects against allergies, sickness, and obesity. It protects against diseases, like diabetes and cancer. It protects against infections, like ear infections.

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